To do or not to do…that is the question

I write lists. 

The minute I get a bit panicky about what I have to achieve I write a list.

I write lists on a pad next to the fridge. I write lists on the back of receipts and find them weeks later in the back pocket of my jeans (usually washed) and I write lists on my phone and I am the queen of spreadsheets for the ultimate ‘everything list’.

I have several of these on my phone currently in use but obviously I also like to back up these apps with the spreadsheet versions.

I have lists on lists. Here is a list of some of my lists:

  • Things that need doing in the house list 

Last time anything was ticked off on this list was April 2004.

  • Shopping list

Of course this list has subheadings and is separated into the food shop and the things I want to buy shop (this list is always being ticked off otherwise we’d starve).

  • Things I want for the house list 

These range from beautiful things for my kitchen to new items for the boudoir. The boudoir (for those not in the know) is the top floor of my house; used to be an office and now houses my collection of shoes, accessories and clothes. (One of the benefits of being single, you get to choose room function).

  • The shoes I need list

See above point on collection of shoes for the boudoir. A girl can never have enough shoes.

  • The bucket list 

This list is quite important and stupidly has things like GET A TATTOO written on it and CLIMB A MOUNTAIN. Both of which I am supposed to be doing before I am 40. I really need to get going on this list.

  • Things I must to today list

Always too long this list. And of course completely unachievable.

  • Things I should have done yesterday list

See above note on unachievable.

  • The ultimate list

This is the everything list, combines all of the above in a spreadsheet and is often colour coded in priority; depending on my need to avoid ticking anything off the above lists.

Writing lists makes me feel like I have done what I need to do. When I write a list I have achieved.

I know if I did what I was supposed to do, my lists wouldn’t take quite so long to write. 

But then; what would I write my lists on?

Sarah Knight

Trainer and coach in communications. Plate spinner.

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